Table of contents• What• Why• Advantages• Disadvantages• How does it work• Segmentation• Translation Unit• Translation Memory• Terminology Databases• Additional Functions• About EuroLingo
WhatWhat is a CAT tool ?A CAT tool is a computer program that helps totranslate text documents more efficiently (Below is anexample).
WhyWhy should you use a CAT tool?When you use a CAT tool for translating you will bea better and a faster translator. In consequence, youwill make more money and/or you will have moreleisure time.
AdvantagesAdvantages of CAT tools:1. Improve Consistency2. Minimize Turnaround Time3. Reduce Translation Cost4. Track History - who did what, and when
DisadvantagesDisadvantages of CAT tools:1. Interaction with other SW, and resulting problems.2. Inheriting Problems.3. Format problems.4. Translation Memory problems – before experience
How does it workA CAT tool helps to translate text documents moreefficiently through four main functions:1- Segmentation2- Translation Unit3- Translation Memory4- Terminology databases
Segmentation1- Segmentation:A CAT tool segments the text to be translated insegments (sentences) and presents the segments ina convenient way, to make translating easier andfaster. In MetaTexis each segment is presented in aspecial box, and the translation can be entered inanother box right below the source text.
Translation Unit2- Translation Unit:The translation of each segment is saved togetherwith the source text. Source text and translation willalways be treated and presented as a translationunit (TU). You can return to a segment at any timeto check the translation. There are special functionswhich help to navigate through the text and to findsegments which need to be translated or revised(quality control).
Translation Memory3- Translation Memory (TM):The main function of a CAT tool is to save thetranslation units in a database, called translationmemory (TM), so that they can be re-used for anyother text, or even in the same text. Throughspecial "fuzzy search" features the search functionsof CAT tools even find segments which do notmatch 100 %. This saves a lot of time and effortand helps to make a coherent and consistenttranslation.
Terminology Databases4- Terminology Databases:The fourth basic function of a CAT tool is theautomatic look-up in terminology databases, andthe automatic display and insertion of the searchresults.
Additional FunctionsBesides these main functions many other functionsare included in a CAT-Tool which also maketranslating easier and increase the productivity:1. Text search tools2. Index/concordance tools3. Quality checking4. Statistical tools5. Import/Export tools6. Tools for post-production7. Alignment Tool8. Internet tools
About EuroLingoAbout EuroLingo:EuroLingo is a Polish-based company established in 2004, dedicated toserving the translation, localization and DTP industry. EuroLingo hascustomers all over Europe, the United States, and the Far East.EuroLingo provides Translation, Localization, DTP, and SoftwareEngineering services from English and German into all Central andEastern European (CEE) languages.Contact Details:Poland27 Krotka Street42-200 CzestochowaPoland.Tel: +48343220008E-mail: Info@euro-lingo.comWebsite: www.euro-lingo.com